DENVER, COLORADO – The state is digging itself out after the first significant winter storm of the season dropped more than a foot of snow across the north central Rocky Mountains. Areas along the continental divide were hit hardest. The Denver area also received significant snow, with the southern Metro area getting the most and northern Denver seeing a bit less. While snow is expected to continue for another 6-8 hours, here are some details on the accumulation and impact so far. All snowfall data comes from the National Weather Service.
Copper Mountain Received 17 Inches in the past 36 Hours
Here are some of the highest snow totals as of 12pm MT on October 29:
- 17 inches at Copper Mountain
- 16 inches in Breckenridge
- 15.6 inches in Silverthorne
- 14 inches at Loveland Pass
- 14 inches at Eldora
- 13.7 inchest in Leadville
- 13 inches at Berthoud Pass
- 13 inches in Estes Park
- 12.5 inches in Castle Rock
- 12 inches in Alma
Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs Received 6-12 inches
The Denver area was not spared, with nearly a foot recorded across the area. Here are Metro-area snowfall totals for the last 36 hours:
- 12.5 inches in Castle Rock
- 10.4 inches in Aurora
- 9 inches in Golden
- 8.8 inches in Littleton
- 8 inches in Denver
- 6.8 inches in Boulder
- 6 inches in Arvada
Western Colorado Springs got hit with 9-11 inches, while areas east of I-25 saw 3-6 inches of snow. You can check out the snowfall totals yourself using this interactive map from the National Weather Service.
Snow is Expected to Continue Falling Through Sunday
Things aren’t over yet either. Forecasters warn that the Denver area may pick another 2-3 inches throughout the day as the remnants of the storm move through the area. Blowing snow at higher elevation may also cause visibility issues into the evening and morning.
Traffic cameras across the state show snow-covered roads with full winter conditions. However, the storm appears to have avoided causing any major impacts thanks to proper planning and Colorado’s significant experience and expertise in snow removal. These professionals are good at what they do, and it shows today.
Images: Stills from CDOT cameras on US 6 and I 70 show snow-covered roads, low visibility, along with brave souls enjoying the powder on Loveland Pass.
It’s Opening Day and Powder Day at Arapahoe Basin
While the snow is causing traffic issues and disruption across the state, it isn’t all bad news. Arapahoe Basin opened at 8:30am this morning with the Black Mountain Express chairlift for the 2023-2024 season. This makes them the first ski hill in Colorado to open this year.
On Twitter this morning, they posted a photo showing nearly a foot of fresh powder for guests to enjoy. With 11 inches of new snow, it is turning out to be one of the more memorable opening days in recent history. More ski resorts will open soon following this significant snowfall event.
- Winter Park & Keystone will open ASAP,
- Loveland in early November,
- Breckenridge & Vail on November 10,
- Copper Mountain on Nov 13.
- Eldora on Nov 17
- Beaver Creek, Crested Butte & Steamboat on Nov 22
8 Quick Tips for Safe Winter Travel in Colorado
With a winter storm warning still in effect until 6pm MT today, travel is discouraged unless it is absolutely critical. If you do choose to travel right now, here are some tips to stay safe:
- Stay updated on road conditions and closures before you start your journey.
- Slow down and drive at a safe speed for the conditions.
- Increase your following distance to allow for more stopping time.
- Keep your headlights on for better visibility.
- Clear all snow and ice from your vehicle before driving.
- Use caution on bridges and overpasses, as they may be icy.
- Be prepared with an emergency kit in your car, including blankets, water, and non-perishable snacks.
- If you get stuck, stay with your vehicle and call for assistance.
Read more about staying safe in the mountains for your next adventure with our complete mountain safety guide.